I’ve never read In Patagonia. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever picked the book up to consider reading it. … Continue reading Why Bruce Chatwin Pisses Me Off
One sunny Saturday in downtown São Paulo, Brazil, Freddy Mercury was dancing samba to “Don’t Stop Me Now”. Rather, several … Continue reading São Paulo: Brazil’s emerging Carnaval capital
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Overlooking a black sand beach at my guesthouse on Santo Antão, a squat, bespectacled Belgian man waved his hand at … Continue reading (Not) On a Mission from God
Mindelo – Cabo Verde’s second city and a crossroads of British, Portuguese, French and Creole culture – lies on the … Continue reading Mindelo – transforming gray into technicolor
Fidel, who bore more than a slight resemblance to Tom Jones, was fiercely proud of his native islands. Given the … Continue reading Cape Verde and Africa: Distant Neighbors
I get asked all the time if Rio de Janeiro is a safe place to visit. What’s complicated is that it’s better than you think but can be worse than you imagine. Continue reading Is Rio de Janeiro safe?